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East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo wanted to play college football in Florida. So after two state schools extended offers in the past three days, it didn’t take long for the senior to make up his mind.
DiNovo committed to UCF, three days after the Knights offered him at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 National Championships last weekend. He picked UCF over USF and Houston. But the decision came down to the Knights and the Bulls, the state schools that offered this week.
Last year, DiNovo threw for 2,426 yards and 19 touchdowns and led the Eagles to their first appearance in the Class 8A region final, where they lost to eventual state champion Plant.
DiNovo got his first offer from Houston, but he was holding out for a state school. The Knights have been in contact with DiNovo throughout the spring.
DiNovo wanted to make his decision early in part because he plans to graduate in December and enroll at UCF in January. East Lake coach Bob Hudson said DiNovo, who is homeschooled, could enroll in classes at East Lake for the fall semester so he can graduate with a diploma from the school. Hudson said he will talk with DiNovo next on whether that is a viable option for him.
“I know Pete is excited about getting this process over and about playing in the state of Florida,” Hudson said. “He can get on to focusing on his senior year and East Lake football.”